Posts in Philosophy
Our Business Plan - Part I

In 2014 when I decided to take the plunge into starting a brewery, like many startups, I created a business plan. It was a rough Google doc (before it was called Drive) that became the framework for what is now a polished and thoughtful document filled with our vision, market research and financial strategy that we are always proud to share.

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Walloons - A Lesson in Hospitality

Dusting a passport off for a two-week trip in Western Europe means things are really happening. It isn’t all the planning and booking hotels, flights, or train tickets. Filling up a map with must-sees and must-dos makes me overflow with excitement, but something doesn’t seem real until the passport comes out.

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Part III - Our mixed culture fermentation

We believe in creating beers made with a sense of place. One way we do this is through our unique mixed culture comprised of wild yeasts and bacteria.  It Includes native cultures built up from Yarrow that was harvested in the Yakima wine region and Elderflowers from the Bastyr Campus and other wild cultures gathered near the Ballard Locks. We’ve created a unique flavor profile that simply cannot be replicated elsewhere.  

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Part II - What is mixed culture fermentation?

Many businesses have a proprietary component - we have our mixed culture. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, think of it like a rustic sourdough starter compared to store bought yeast. It’s what we use to ferment all of our beers. In the starter there’s many different types of yeast working in harmony. Compared this to your store bought yeast which is a single laboratory isolated strain.

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Pivotal Experiences

For a brewery, the act of drinking a beer can be not much more than swigging sweet nectar into your gullet. Not saying that’s necessarily a bad way to go, but it could be so much more. As mentioned, it could be pleasantly life-changing by the taste, the atmosphere you drink it in and the message behind the making process. The experience starts by how you hear about the brewery for the first time...

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